It is almost that time. The 2019 NFL Combine will once again be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, from February 26-March 4. And while this year is definitely going to be the year of the defense, there will be some offensive gems that can impact your fantasy football world.
Yes, Heisman winner, and baseball standout Kyler Murray, has been invited and expected to attend the Combine. His biggest hurdle may be overcoming his less than stellar interview during Super Bowl week. His athleticism is not in question.
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Drew Lock, quarterback, Missouri, Senior, 6’4″, 225 pounds
There are repeated whispers that Denver Broncos’ general manager, John Elway, has a man crush on Lock. If we are going by past crushes, that may not be a good thing…um Brock Osweiler, Zac Dysert, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch?
But, by all other accounts, Lock might be the one. In 2018 Lock threw for 3498 yards, with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
During the Combine look for his accuracy to be tested.
Benny Snell, running back, University of Kentucky, Junior, 5’11”, 223 pounds
Snell has the a lot to prove at the Combine. Although he impressed against Pennsylvania State University in the Citrus Bowl, and is Kentucky’s all time rushing leader, his highest pre-draft ranking currently sits third in the rankings by Walter Football, sitting behind Alabama’s Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs.
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During the Combine, look for Snell to attempt to excel in the vertical and broad jumps, as well as the cone drill.
Jazz Ferguson, wide receiver, Northwestern State, Junior, 6’5″, 223 pounds
Ferguson transferred from LSU, causing him to sit out the 2017 season. He made up for it in 2018. In his single season with the Northwestern State Demons, he caught 66 passes for 1117 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Ferguson will need to outdistance the competition during the Combine, as there will be questions regarding his suspension from LSU that led to his transfer.
Ashton Dulin, wide receiver, Malone University, Senior, 6’2″, 210 pounds
It isn’t often that a Division II athlete gets an invite to the Combine, so we already know Dulin is some sort of special. For the 2018 season, Dulin caught 61 touchdown passes for 984 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Dulin is a high character guy who is easy to cheer for, but he is also a standout track athlete running the 400 hurdles. Look for Dulin to shine in the measurables at the Combine. And don’t sleep on him. You remember that Tyreek Hill was also a Division II athlete.
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa, Junior, 6’5″, 241 pounds
According to the DraftNetwork, Fant “runs like a receiver and leaps like basketball pro”.
While he is trending up in a loaded tight end class that includes fellow Iowa Hawkeye, TJ Hockenson, and Alabama’s, Irv Smith, he will need to out perform both, starting with the Combine.
There are 338 athletes invited to the Combine this year. Alabama and Clemson lead invites with 11 each.
Watch closely. Your next fantasy football sleeper just might be shining at the 2019 NFL Combine.
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